Bob Barker

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Bob Barker is coming on down!

The Price Is Right's former longtime host is returning to the show on Thursday, Dec. 12, for a very special event: his 90th birthday!

"We are excited to announce that Bob Barker will Celebrate his 90th Birthday on #PriceIsRight," the show's Twitter account posted on Tuesday. 

In a pre-taped appearance, set to actually take place on Nov. 5, Barker will return to his former stomping grounds to host a special showcase, according to

Per CBS, The Price Is Right will also honor Barker's big birthday with a week of shows (from Monday, Dec. 9, until Friday, Dec. 13) with on-air pet adoptions, humane animal treatment being the personality's literal and figurative pet cause.  

Just last week, Barker spent almost $1 million to transport three former zoo elephants from Canada to a compound in Northern California. The longtime animal welfare activist had been fighting to have the elephants transported since 2011 and after their move said, "I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It's hard to believe they are finally here."

Barker hosted The Price Is Right, which is the longest-running game show in TV history, for 35 years. Drew Carey replaced him as the show's host upon his retirement in 2007.

Since his grand exit, Barker has only returned to the show, which is daytime's highest-rated show, once—in 2009 to promote his autobiography, Priceless Memories

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